Brett Heyman

Designer, Edie Parker

| Upper East Side

Great things are tied to the Edith’s of this world— just think about icons like Wharton, Beale and Sedgwick. And yet, with season after season of pearlescent boxes of perfection, Edie Parker seems to be having no trouble filling its star-studded moniker’s shoes. Founded by designer Brett Heyman, the accessories line is best known for its 50’s and 60’s-inspired acrylic minaudières rendered in milky pearls and glitter. Heyman says she often looks to vintage snaps of Babe Paley, Slim Keith and Gloria Guinness for inspiration, though with previous stints running the PR and accessories departments at Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana respectively, we’re pretty sure she already knows a thing or two about what makes an It-accoutrement It. Like Edie Parker’s bespoke box clutches featuring personalized initials or phrases like “taken” and “#hashtag.” Is there anything trendier than an evening bag with its own hashtag? Here, Heyman sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Toloache (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). We aren’t known for our Mexican food on the U.E.S., but the margaritas and the food are fantastic. I suggest it anytime I go out for dinner in the neighborhood.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee at Via Quadronno (MAP IT, x)— it’s authentic, strong Italian espresso and usually the milk has a lovely design like a heart or a monkey; I love coffee with humor.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Hard to beat the kale Caesar salad and the ambiance at Il Buco Alimentari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: Grey Goose up, super cold with olives at Bemelmans at the Carlyle (MAP IT, x). It comes with the best snacks and an adorable little refill. I don’t have a favorite bartender in the city, but my husband would say Johnny and Dennis at Bobby Van’s on Park Avenue (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

WHERE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Gramercy Tavern (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), La Esquina (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and Barneys Greengrass (MAP IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: Uptown, we go to Amaranth (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). The Bloody Marys are enormous.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: It used to be the bar at the Four Seasons Hotel (R.I.P.). Now, I’d say the new Polo Bar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) is pretty epic.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Blanche’s at DKNY (*Location now closed) for a veggie burger wrap.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Pizza at Mezzaluna (MAP IT, x) and the ice cream sundae at Peter Luger’s (MAP IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: The Mark (MAP IT, x), The Surrey (MAP IT, x) or Bemelmans at the Carlyle.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: If you know it, please tell me. Kurumazushi (MAP IT, x) probably isn’t a secret, but it’s pretty obscure and amazing.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Walking.

REGULAR AT: Yes, I’m truly a creature of habit. I am most out of my element at the food hall at the Plaza (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), though it is always worth my discomfort. I go to Via Quadronno, Amaranth and the Sharon Dorram at Sally Hershberger Salon (MAP IT, x) (I see Sharon (x)) on a regular basis.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: The Grill (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). We got married there so it feels very romantic.

KID-FRIENDLY STAPLE: Freds at Barney’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is surprisingly tolerant of children.

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: Our house in Connecticut, which is conveniently located a mile from the Mayflower Inn (MAP IT, x) (they have a fantastic spa).

CLOSET CHECK: My personal style is all over the place. It is at once casual, covered in sequins and androgynous. I buy a lot of vintage so I love Resurrection (MAP IT, xWhat Goes around Comes Around (MAP IT, x) and 1stDibs.

ACCESSORIES PICK: FD Gallery (MAP IT, x) has the most spectacular jewelry, vintage bags and fancy knick-knacks; I am obsessed.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: You really can’t beat the D & D Building (MAP IT, x). Everything is there.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Warm (MAP IT, x) has the best selection of gift-like items.

FOR THE KIDS: I don’t know if it’s the best, but we live above Mary Arnold Toys (MAP IT, x) so I don’t usually look much further.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: My facialist, Georgia Louise (MAP IT, x). She is brilliant.

FIT PICK: It looks pretty lazy. I used to be a SoulCycle (MAP IT, x) devotee, but I can’t fit it in anymore. I am all about the home video— Jillian Michaels and Ballet Beautiful make great, short videos that I try to do 3 – 4 mornings per week. I do that, plus walk from the school drop-off to work.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I was at the coat check of the Four Seasons when Ralph Lauren walked in. I said to the gentleman, “Ralph Lauren is fantastic.” He replied, “Eh, I like Oscar de la Renta.” Only in New York. CP

Brett’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Oysters at Toloache; Vintage from What Comes Around Goes Around; Outside La Esquina; Coffee at Via Quadronno. Second Row: Pasta at Il Buco Alimentari; Vintage from Resurrection; Peter Luger sundae; The Grill.

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